ATLANTA - NOVEMBER 9: Tight end Jeremy Shockey #89 of the New Orleans Saints watches play against the Atlanta Falcons at the Georgia Dome on November 9, 2008 in Atlanta, Georgia. (Photo by Al Messerschmidt/Getty Images)
The Cowboys season came to an abrupt and disappointing end in Minneapolis last week. But the playoffs go on, and unless you’re one of those bizarre people who refuses to watch football unless your home team is involved (DC is littered with those weirdos), you’re going to watch the NFC Title Game on Sunday Night.
It’s going to be a good one. The Saints and the Vikings were the two best teams in the NFC for the majority of the season, and now they finally square off in the Superdome. Two teams with long-suffering fanbases. One will finally get to the Super Bowl (or back to it, in the Vikes’ case). One will continue an agonizing wait.
The question for you, Mr. Cowboy Fan, is this: Who do you root for?
There’s an old school of thought that you have to root for the team that bounced you from the playoffs, because if they go on to win it all, then that makes you look good, or something. You were, like, clearly the second best team in the universe that year. But that’s a fairly dated notion. Let’s break this down scientifically.
YOU SHOULD ROOT FOR THE VIKINGS BECAUSE:
-They have gone longer without winning a Super Bowl (founded in ’61, Saints in ’67).
-Jared Allen does that calf-roping thing after a sack, which kinda makes him look Texan!
-Brett Favre is like an old Tony Romo. GUNSLINGERS STICK TOGETHER!
YOU SHOULD ROOT AGAINST THE VIKINGS BECAUSE:
-The idea of media coverage of Favre for two weeks before the Super Bowl
-Minnesota is a Democratic state. FILTHY LIBRULS!
-Purple. That’s no Texan color!
YOU SHOULD ROOT FOR THE SAINTS BECAUSE:
-They have never gone to a Super Bowl.
-Drew Brees seems like awfully nice fellow.
-Sean Payton used to coach here.
YOU SHOULD ROOT AGAINST THE SAINTS BECAUSE:
-Sean Payton was a SCAB!
-Ever met a Saints fan? Horrible. Like the drunk you threw out of your wedding.
-GEAUX SAINTS! Hey, I have an idea. Why don’t you geaux heauxme, a-heauxle?
So there are your pros and cons. Not an easy list to parse, but I say the power of Favremania compels you. Saints it is!